The first print issue of The McGill International Review (MIR) with its theme of Canada in the World, was published in the Winter of 2000. Led by Toby A.A. Heaps (B.A., 2000) and his team of editors under IRSAM’s Vice President of Internal Operations, the publication provided a new platform for discussions on international relations, catered specifically to the young academia. With the likes of Louise Arbour, the former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Professor Desmond Morton, historian and former McGill Faculty who specializes in Canadian military and politics, MIR strived to set precedence in both quality and content among student-led university journals. From its founding year in 2000 to 2004, MIR published bi-annually, successfully garnering a strong audience-base within and external to McGill’s academic circles.
Following a temporary hiatus, MIR was relaunched in 2010 with a new mandate to better cater to the needs of the publication’s biggest readership. Recognizing that publication opportunities were limited to the graduate and faculty- based academia, MIR modified its submission process to include the undergraduate student body. With its new vision to create a journal made for and by the undergraduate community of McGill, MIR gradually became an accessible outlet for student discussions.
The platform was reformatted in 2013 under the supervision of then Vice President of Internal Operations (Ameya Pendse) to engage wider readership. The executive board included Esther Lee (Editor in Chief), Alex Langer (Managing Editor – Online), and Christopher Liu (Managing Editor – Print).
Dylan Lamberti is the current online Editor in Chief, while Miro Guzzini is the Editor in Chief of MIR’s print edition for the 2016-2017 academic year. This previous year has seen an exponential growth in readership, a dramatic increase in high quality submissions, and the launch of various new projects such as the Video content and Blogs feature. MIR Online looks forward to further developing its brand and content to continue to deliver excellent critical student-written analyses to the McGill community.